In Jeff O Brien S The Splatter House Rules, He Takes Us To Rural Oyster River, New Hampshire, Where Seventeen Year Old Tabitha Has Reluctantly Agreed To The Mayor S Offer To Make Her A Counselor At Camp Montejo Lake, A Camp That Mysteriously Closed Down Almost Twenty Years Ago For Reasons Undisclosed Many A Rumor And Urban Legend Had Surfaced Since Then About A Mysterious Cabin Deep In The Woods Known As The Splatter House Thinking Of The Mayor S Offer As Just A Taste Of Freedom Away From The Tyrannical Rule Of Her Overly Religious Parents, She Figured It Couldn T Be All That Bad Finding Herself And Getting In Touch With Her True Identity Out In The Woods, She Also Found True Love To Perfectly Compliment Her Newfound Identity But As The Other Counselors Began Disappearing One By One, She Found Out A Lot About Herself Than She Bargained For, And Something Far Worse The Splatter House Is Real I am a huge fan of O Brien s and the I read the I realize that you can t just dump his books into one category He brings the punk, DIY aesthetic to his writing and it works These are books that remind me of those classic B movies that are full of cheese but have a an interesting plot that holds it all together Splatter House is a combination of the bizarro horror hybrid that he s become the master of His fiction may not be for everyone but it s a blast to read and that s really all that matters Splatter House is a lot of fun to read If you re familiar with slasher films then you ll recognize the plot, but O Brien throws a few curve balls that keep it from being a straight ripoff and of an homage I love that there s a healthy amount cheesy dialogue and gore and like all B movies you have an underlying issue that throws the plot into unpredictable territory You have an abandoned camp and counselors that know a little of the history and then like all good slasher hell is properly unleashed O Brien is a talented writer that doesn t even try and take himself seriously, The Splatter House Rules is the kind of novel you read just for the fun of it The plot moves quickly and O Brien is the type of writer that knows his subject matter and isn t afraid to take a few risks As it says right on the cover this is a summer camp slasher with a bit of an edge Finding out what s lurking in the camp is what drives this novel Think Sleep Away Camp, or Friday 13th and you have a pretty good idea of what you re in for This is for fans of classic B movie slashers and if you re looking for a novel that will make you think you re reading the wrong book O Brien is a writer who is comfortable taking risks and venturing just outside of the rules of horror and bizarro There s really no way to classify this guy and that s what makes this novel so damn good Of course it wouldn t be an O Brien novel without an underlying moral issue This one you ll just have to discover on your own, The Splatter House Rules is a solid read that shows O Brien growing into his role as a writer that knows how to craft a decent story with just the right amount of humor and gore Horror and bizarro fans will no doubt enjoy this, and even if you re not a fan of either genre this is one of those books you should check out This is the equivalent to a Saturday morning creature feature that you watch while eating bowl of cereal. A funny ultra gory mash up of genres slasher movies Friday the 13th style, lovecraftian monsters in lakes, axe wielding ghosts, politicians monsters for real and secret government organizations reminding The Initiative from Buffy the Vampire Slayer series and the Cabin in the wood awesome movie one.A not bad reading if you like insane trash horror b flicks. This is yet another book that I would not have read if not for it being a group read in the Bizarro Fiction group, and yet again it s a winner I have really come to enjoy reading shorter bizarro books as opposed to 400 page novels , I am really impressed at how invested I can become in the characters even at the much shorter page count.I have a feeling that anybody who didn t grow up with cheesy 80s slasher movies may not truly appreciate this story to its full extent The tropes are here the jock, the jock s hot girlfriend, the nerd etc The goth girl was a nice addition to the cast even if a tiny bit out of the time period to my memory anyway I loved all the music references, right up my alley This was far from the typical slasher plot however I got a real Lovecraft vibe from it, partly from the eternal evil and partly because I had visions of the Whately family in the second half of the book I think my favorite part was the explanation of where politicians come from, I won t spoil it but it was goddamn funny.I think that the author was able to capture a great balance of horror, violence and humor which is no small trick It is even impressive that he works a normal day job like the rest of us and is still able to turn out great fiction on the side I am very glad that I found yet another great bizarro author to follow and am looking forward to reading from him In fact I was reading an e book initially but it was so good that I bought a paperback copy of this and another one of Jeff s books Bigboobenstein directly from him. The Rules of the Splatter House are simple Shut the fuck up unless you are expressing physical pain that is inflicted upon you by me not a direct quote but first rule of Splatter House A perfect homage to the 80 s slasher films like the Friday 13th franchise, or Sleep Away Camp or even most recently The Cabin in the Woods there is indeed a cabin in the woods Absolutely a perfect little horror movie in the form of a book The delivery and formula stays true and is spot on without being redundant Jeff O brien just made an incredible screenplay for a classic slasher movie with an amazing cast and concept Our heroine is like any other female role in a slasher flick she has her own inner demons to combat while her co counselors start disappearing one by one The setting of the story is of course the woods, where four junior camp counselors and four senior camp counselors arrive early to Camp Montejo Lake to start preparing for the campers arrival There s a legend that surrounds Camp Montejo Lake, a legend that holds dark secrets deep in the woods in a cabin appropriately named The Splatter House What these counselors don t know is that there is much much to that legend than just the cabin A darker sinister well kept secret.until now.O brien opens up this flick with a flashback scene Taking us back to 1995, we are witness to a grisly murder by our Splatter House killer Flash forward to the present and we meet our heroine Enter Tabitha an outcast with her different colored hair and emo like demeanor she is regarded by many of her peers as a freak Tabitha is one of the junior camp counselors arriving at Camp Montejo Lake, named after the owner s family name Along with her, you have your run of the mill hodge podge of characters, the jock douche Ken, the preppy bitch dating the jock douche Brianna, and the nerd that has the hots for Tabitha, Sean Tabitha hasn t the hots for him and no interest in anyone at the camp until the senior counselors show up Enter Veronica an upbeat, outgoing, tough as nails, hottie at least to Tabitha Veronica treats Tabitha differently than anyone else has ever treated only furthering Tabitha s lust and love for her Along with Veronica, we have Rob the level headed one of the bunch, Paul the grownup douche jock, and Becky, the strange quiet one After arriving at the camp, everyone gets acclimated in their cabins and the legend of the Splatter House begins its tall tale amongst the counselorsO brien s style in this book is spot on From the beginning opening murder scene, to the cut aways of each camper getting murdered It was just like watching Friday the 13th when one of the counselors would step out or walk away from the group you just knew Voorhees was just around the corner to inflict a gruesome death upon the teen You will not be disappointed with O brien s death scenes They are not drawn out but again the way he is able to keep the story flowing while giving us those cut aways is so entertaining Along the way the author drops misleading hints about who the killer might be There were times where I was questioning everyone in my mind and a few people I kept going back to thinking, That s the killer I just know it The killer isn t the only thing to fear as the counselors find out when they see a mysterious ghost girl who is carrying a hatchet.who is she Where did she come from, and what does she have to do with Tabitha Once again, O brien has written characters that are relatable despite their stereotypical descriptions I m beginning to think that s the point make the characters seem like your run of the mill stereotype and then be proven wrong with the voice the author gives making you feel for the character rather than pity them.The ending is actually pretty surprising with elements of family secrets revealed, monsters in the lake, and here s one that will throw you off, a political revelation Reminded me very much of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4 with The Initiative I loved the ending I loved how everything came to light and the conclusion is truly unique I was given a PDF version of this book I feel like I just rented an awesome horror movie and now I want to buy the DVD I will be making this book an actual purchase for my DVD rackI mean book shelf.
Hi I m Jeff I ve been self publishing books since 2013 I once ate a two pound burger from Fuddrucker s.
- 128 pages
- The Splatter House Rules
- Jeff O'Brien
- 23 April 2017 Jeff O'Brien